After 11 long years, Masterchef Australia is bidding goodbye to its 3 iconic judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan.
Network 10 announced that the finale to the 11th season will be the final episode for the all 3 judges.
The news was shocking to many since the 3 have been with the show ever since it began and are seen as the face of the show.
The reason for their quitting it is actually not that serious and just a case of not enough payment.
Paul Anderson, the CEO of Network 10 said that the company and the trio could not reach a “commercial agreement”.
Apparently, the judges wanted a 40% increase in their salary as judges for the show which the company could not afford at the moment.
Wondering Who The Next Judges Will Be?
The social media is already wondering who the next judges will be and offering their own preferences.
does this mean we can get @adamliaw, Poh Ling Yeow and Maggie Beer to be the new judges now— Sinead Stubbins (@SineadStubbins) July 23, 2019
Okay, my Masterchef dream judging panel is Adam Liaw, Poh Ling Yeoh and Maggie Beer. HOW WHOLESOME WOULD THAT BE?— Claire Boland (@ClaireLBoland) July 23, 2019
Loveable – check. TV hosting experience – check. Not grubby wage thiefs – check.#masterchefAU https://t.co/Ia5bFtvS7R
Ah the irony. A wage fraudster spitting his dummy about not getting “what he deserves,” 😂 #georgecalombaris I propose @kwongkylie Maggie Beer and some up and coming Indigenous Australian Chef? https://t.co/L0X5jlelox— John O’Sullivan 🌊🌊🌊✈️✈️🌈🚃 (@JohnOSullivan36) July 23, 2019
One of the most mentioned chef, Adam Liaw even tweeted about this frenzy and how he had till yet not heard anything from Masterchef officials.
Liaw who won Masterchef Season 2 in 2010 said that,
“I’ve had about 30 different interview requests in the past half hour about the MasterChef judges leaving, so to save trouble: 1. I know nothing about this beyond what’s online; and 2. I am at the pool with my kids so I am unlikely to agree to an interview in my smugglers.”
Although people are nostalgic about the former judges, it also seems they are waiting for some new fresh faces.
Some are even saying it could be a good time to bring light to some indigenous chefs of Australia.
Mocking One Of Them For Quitting?
If the news of all the 3 judges quitting the show after such a long time was not shocking enough, the mocking of one of them online was.
Apparently, one of them; George Calombaris to be specific was being mocked online quite a bit for quitting the show.
So George Calombaris quits #MasterchefAu because he feels he's being underpaid? After what he's done to his staff, what dreamworld is he living in?— Darren Cate (@nealst) July 23, 2019
What an absolute fucking twat.
Twitter has made all the #MasterChefAU puns re: George Calombaris already. But I’m just shitty he got the luxury to quit over a pay dispute. A luxury his workers never had because it’s a low paid industry & couldn’t afford to even tho he was stealing from them. #MasterTheft— Tess (@goditsmetess) July 23, 2019
The absolute irony of George Calombaris leaving MasterChef over a /pay dispute/— Albert Santos (@albertinho) July 23, 2019
George Calombaris is very sad to be leaving Masterchef to spend more time with his group certificates.— Rob Stott (@Rob_Stott) July 23, 2019
George Calombaris leaving Masterchef due to a pay dispute is like Louis CK quitting comedy due to sexual harassment.— Kirsty Webeck 🏳️🌈 (@KirstyWebeck) July 23, 2019
It is said that he has basically stolen and underpaid his employees with dues being well over 7.8 million dollars. One of the Australian law firms even tweeted about it.
Frankly, no one knows what really happened, but what we do know is that the show will never be the same again, without the trio!
Will you still watch it? Let us know.
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